- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Firefly Books; 2 edition (September 11, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1770852816
- ISBN-13: 978-1770852815
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Creatures of the Deep: In Search of the Sea's Monsters and the World They Live In 2nd Edition
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Some of these [creatures] could have doubled as imagined horrors lurking in David Lynch's mind. Frightening fish that are 90 per cent jaws; a leering, cyclopean--seeming sea cucumber; and a sentient tube. (Globe and Mail 2014-12-06)
Creatures of the Deep expands and updates the prize-winning first edition of 2001. Much has happened in ocean science since then, and Erich Hoyt captures the excitement and beauty of recent advances. With lavish photos and engaging, accurate prose, he takes readers on a journey of wonder through the ocean's layers and around the planet, shedding light on extraordinary lives. The deeper you go, the less we know -- only a few hundred of the thousands of species that live in the abyss have been photographed. Hoyt's book showcases why we must do more to safeguard life in the sea. (Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation, BBC Wildlife Magazine)
[Review of previous edition:] More than a picture book ... Hoyt's elegant writing provides both the historical background for deep-sea exploration and an ecological perspective on life in the ocean's depths. (American Scientist 2001-11-01)
[Review of previous edition:] A brisk history of deep sea research ... as engagingly descriptive as he is instructive, Hoyt takes readers on an extensive tour through the underwater zones ... Teen science buffs will enjoy the photographs and Hoyt's animation and clarity. (Donna Seaman Booklist 2001-12-01)
[Review of previous edition:] Erich Hoyt, an award-winning science writer, gives readers an amazing tour of the ocean world through an underwater camera in this fascinating book. He examines former and current sea monsters which dwell at various depths of the ocean. His purpose is to dispel misconceptions and turn these monsters into animals worthy of humans' respect, patient curiosity and admiration. This book has several strengths: the text provides a wealth of interesting information; the colour photographs are no less than fabulous, affording readers a glimpse into the murky ocean world; and, perhaps, most important of all, Hoyt's obvious passion for the ocean and the myriad life forms it harbors comes through loud and clear. Highly Recommended. (Gail Hamilton Canadian Materials 2002-03-01)
[Review of previous edition:] Creatures of the Deep separates monster fact from fiction, with nature writer Erich Hoyt plunging to the depths of the world's oceans in search of the ogres. (Paul Allen Geographical [UK] 2002-03-01)
[Review of previous edition:] Accompanied by stunning photographs of little-known creatures ... the detailed but highly readable text traces a history of myths and discoveries of the oceans. (The Globe and Mail 2001-11-24)
[Review of previous edition:] Hoyt ... shares his enthusiasm for and knowledge about the extraordinary creatures of the deep sea ...[The book has a] knowledgeable and accessible approach to marine life and high quality photography. (Mary Nickum Library Journal 2001-12-01)
[Review of previous edition:] Hoyt unravels the complex predator-prey relationships from "killer" copepods to battles among giant squids and sperm whales, presenting compelling portraits of animals that are superbly adapted denizen of a dark high-pressure world. (Newsletter of the National Association of Science 2002-01-01)
[Review of previous edition:] Combines dramatic photographs with extraordinary tales of undersea life. (Publishers Weekly 2001-10-01)
[Review of previous edition:] The most striking element ... are the more than 150 color photographs that capture everything from sea cucumbers to vampire squids in all their watery glory. (Rachel Robb Quill and Quire 2001-10-01)
[Review of previous edition:] The general summary of the ocean's layers, specific views of the selected "monsters," and the perspective of the life and environment interaction combine to make this book a splendid overview. The photographs, sidebars, and unique life-forms presented offer opportune ways of catching the attention of reluctant readers. (Pam Johnson School Library Journal 2002-02-01)
[Review of previous edition:] A bevy of interesting creatures ... The book benefits tremendously from vivid color photographs of the featured creatures. (Science News 2001-09-22)
[Review of previous edition:] The deep is a wondrous place, Hoyt tells us convincingly. It is another world, concealing mysteries locked up in mountain chains and valleys that may hold the key to how life began at all. (Judith Isabella Victoria Times Colonist 2002-01-20)
[Review of previous edition:] Outstanding photographs and a well-written, enthusiastic text ... a worthwhile addition to school science collections. (Rayna Patton VOYA [Voice of Youth Advocates] 2002-04-01)
Winner, Outstanding Nonfiction Book of the Year (American Society of Journalists and Authors 2014-06-01)
Creatures of the Deep has the external appearance of a beautiful coffee-table book, but internally offers much more. It resembles two previous works: The Deep, edited by Clair Nouvian (2007) and Into the Deep by Karsten Schneider and Peter Batson (2008), both primarily picture books with good photography. However, Hoyt's work offers a knowledgeable narrative to accompany the excellent illustrations. In addition to its visual appeal, this work has considerable academic value. Highly Recommended. (Choice)
Erich Hoyt reminds us that humanity has been terrified and fascinated by the deepest oceans for a very long time. Until fairly recently, this was a hidden realm that inspired fantastical tales but over the past few decades our understanding of an astonishing environment has expanded in countless ways. We have grown accustomed to tales of bioluminescent fish and creatures that can live happily in the absurdly high temperatures produced by hydrothermal vents. It would, however, be a great shame if we ever took all this for granted. The intricacies of evolutionary adaptation and the sheer weirdness of some of the denizens of the deep ought to inspire wonderment. Hoyt's book, in this updated and expanded edition, is sure to snap even the most jaded nature watcher out of complacency. Hoyt takes us on a journey. We begin in a place where there is still a little light and we end up in an ocean-scape of pitch-black darkness, where the pressure per-square-inch is simply mind boggling. The
pictures are stunning, the prose is clean, and you will gain a renewed sense of admiration for the scientists who are exploring this bewildering territory. One of the book's greatest strengths is that it reports back from the front lines of research. New species are discovered all the time but, as Hoyt notes, this only makes our careless stewardship of the oceans more tragic. If you are in the mood for stories about clams that live for centuries or imaginary treks along vast underwater mountain ranges then this book will hold great appeal. It offers case studies of a wide range of creatures -- from squid to whales to jellyfish -- and the images are likely to haunt both your dreams and your nightmares. There is exquisite beauty down below, but also a rich array of monsters. Hoyt brings learning and passion to the task of unveiling the most bizarre habitat on the planet. (Jonathan Wright Geographical Magazine)
About the Author
Erich Hoyt has spent much of his life on or beside the sea, working with whales and dolphins and marine conservation. A noted conservationist and scientist, he has written more than 20 books including the acclaimed Orca: The Whale Called Killer, The Earth Dwellers and Insect Lives plus several children's books including Weird Sea Creatures and Whale Rescue. He lives in Dorset, England.
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It's also a beautiful book. Because of its size and amount of beautiful photos, you might be tempted to think of it as a coffee table book, but it's actually very well-written (although I must admit, I find myself constantly drawn to those great pictures). The author is obviously passionate and knowledgeable about the ocean and it's nice to find a book that discusses it in an intelligent way but doesn't become too textbook-ish. I found the organization rather confusing, however, and the breakdown of the parts isn't apparent or explained. As near as I could tell, part 1 explains the different zones of the ocean, from the surface waters down to the deepest trenches, and some of the animals that are found in each. Part 2 focuses more on the individual creatures themselves and the food chains, and part 3 is about the geography of the ocean floor, its mountains and the role of tectonic plates - while once again, discussing many of the creatures that live there, such as those worms etc. that live around thermal vents. Part 4 explains conservation efforts and the history of our study of the ocean - or at least that's how I saw it. Nonetheless, a very beautiful and well-written book that will appeal to kids and parents alike.
Hoyt begins with a journey through the different layers of the ocean: Epipelagic Zone (surface to 660 feet), Mesopelagic Zone (660 to 3,300 feet), Bathypelagic Zone (3,300 to 13,000 feet), and Abyssopelagic Zone (13,000 to 20,000 feet). In each of the zones, he talks about characteristics of the zones as well as creatures that are found within the zones. He gives a little insight into some of the history of exploration as well as discusses some of the key researchers and discoveries. The images are amazing. Some of the creatures are beautiful, some are hideous, some are odd, but all are fascinating.
Part 2 dives into the circle of life (aka: the food chain) in the ocean. It discusses: plankton, copepods, jellyfish, big sharks (plankton-strainers), squid, big sharks (flesh-eaters), killer while vs. shark, dragonfish, and finally the web that begins with krill. A large portion of part 2 is spent with squid since many recent discoveries have been made including the live footage of the giant squid in 2012 and capturing a colossal squid in 2007. My daughter found the killer whale vs. shark portion to be rather exciting which lead to more study of the topic as well as watching the footage of the attack. As with other sections, this section features beautiful images of the various creatures.
Part 3 takes an exploratory look at the ocean floor, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the Creatures of the Sulfur Garden, The Galapagos Rift, Black Smokers, and Archaeans. This section takes a look at the unique creatures of the various areas in the ocean as well as delving into the interesting features of the ocean topography. It talks about how they have adapted to sometimes extremely harsh environments and not only survived but thrived. A glimpse at the unique nature of these creatures is given through beautiful photography.
Part 4 concludes with a look at the history of cataloging the sea. Because we have studied/explored such a small portion of the ocean, it's easy to see how new creatures are being found as more exploration is done. There is much we have still to discover and understand about the creatures in the ocean. He talks about many of the new discoveries that have been made starting in the 20th century and moving forward. As technology has increased, more discoveries have been made about ocean life including new ecosystems and animals. He also delves into how to protect the habitats of ocean life as well as the importance of biodiversity.
If you have someone who loves the ocean and the creatures within, you'll want to add this book to your library. It's not only a beautiful collection of images of beautiful and bizarre creatures but also a nice reference book. Hoyt's passion for the ocean, for the creatures of the ocean shine through on each page of the book and help bring the ocean to you.